Now Showing: Local Directors Take Shakespeare In Startling New Directions By Tristan Devin Emelio Felance has ruffled the feathers of more than a few Shakespeare purists by removing the dialogue from "King Lear" and replacing it with the original cast recording of "A Chorus Line." The Portuguese director has also drawn criticism from the Actors' Equity Association for casting barnyard animals in major roles. Old Soldier, who recently made a showing in the Kentucky Derby, takes the part of Lear, and Miss Margaret, a New Jersey mutton sheep, plays Cordelia. Some have embraced Felance's vision. "Stunning," writes Harper's Melissa Wong. "Old Soldier is the finest Lear yet." Others are up in arms. "This is a travesty," laments William Temor in his New York Times review. "Everyone knows that the 1992 recording of 'A Chorus Line' is far superior to the original." ("King Lear" plays through November at Cat Scratch Theater, after which you can catch Miss Margaret at Stuart Anderson's where she will appear as a chop.) Read the whole article at: http://www.thebigjewel.com/nowshowing/ --- To subscribe/unsubscribe from this mailing list, hit reply and send us an email with your name, address, and deepest, innermost desires.